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  • March Book Sale

    I have changed the books in the book-sale today. Come along and have a look. They are situated just inside the doors to the Study Hall, on level 3 of the Library & Information Centre.

     These books are either items that have been withdrawn because they are out of date or unused duplicates, or they are unwanted donations. This month’s sale comprises mainly French Literature, Media and some donations.


    Lynne Tithecott

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  • IOP Science: new look for IOP journals


    IOP journals have launched a new interface today called IOP science. It includes some nice features to help you to make good use of their content :

    •  – It has a related articles feature to help you discover new research
    • – When you look at an article it will show who it has been cited by.
    • – If you register for My IOP Science you can set up alerts to keep you up to date and it will also remind you of articles you have viewed in the last 3 months.
    • – It is possible to search within an individual journal and see what are the most read and cited articles within that journal.
    • – Search results can be filtered in a range of ways including date, author, subject and journal to help you pick out the most useful material.
    • – E-prints from arXiv are now included in the search – one less place to look!
    • – If you use an iPhone or iPod Touch an application is available to help you use IOP content on the move.
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  • SusForum Meeting 24/02/10

    The next meeting of the Sustainability Forum is a SPEAKER meeting and will be held on Wednesday February 24th in Keir Hardie room 248. For more information click here

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  • February Science Cafe

    The Swansea Science Café offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the café typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30pm. For future events see

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    Avoiding Death by Computer,

    Harold Thimbleby, Swansea University

    Wednesday 24th February at 7.30 pm Dylan Thomas Centre

    One of the reasons why people make mistakes is that the systems they use are badly designed, whether office software or gadgets. (The problems poor design causes are perhaps nowhere more alarming than in hospital errors involving drug delivery systems.) This talk reviews some typical issues and shows that many causes can be prevented by better design, and better programming in particular. The talk will be of interest to anybody who uses computers or interactive devices, from calculators to infusion pumps. People attending will learn how to get almost any result they like out of spreadsheets…..

    Harold Thimbleby is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry and a Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow at Swansea University.

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  • IEEE Xplore redesign

    The IEEE have just launched a redesign of their IEEE Xplore Digital Library site  Features of the redesign include:

    • A “what’s popular” feature in the Quick Links box at the bottom of the screen to show you which research is making the headlines.
    • Refine results feature – once you have carried out a search you will see a box at the left of the screen where you can pick out particular subjects, authors, publication types or organizations from your search results.
    • Expanded “sort by” options allow you to sort the newest or oldest first or to sort by publication title.
    • If you register you can set your own display preferences, save searches and set up e-mail alerts to let you know when new content of interest is added to the database.
    • A new browse page gives you the option to browse publications by subject to get a feel for what is available.

    If you have any questions about IEEE Xplore please contact Alasdair Montgomery or Susan Glen

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  • Census data workshop: using migration data and the ONS Longitudinal Study, 20 May 2010, Cardiff

    This workshop will include an introduction to the data services offered by and is aimed at those studying or working in the UK higher and further education sector, but is not limited to those already registered to use the census.

    At this workshop users will be introduced to the activities of the Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research (CIDER) and the Web-based Interface to Census Interaction Data (WICID) data extraction system.

    The Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS) will introduce the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study, discussing data sources and structure, offering suggestions for research topics and designs, showing how to access the data and giving participants an opportunity to explore the data for themselves using two teaching datasets. These will cover the subjects of ethnicity and limiting long term illness but will demonstrate how the data can be used more widely for many other research topics. It would be helpful, but not obligatory, to have a basic knowledge of SPSS.

    The workshop is free to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. However travel and accommodation costs will need to be met by the participants.

    Time: 10.30 (registration and refreshments at 10.00)

    Date: Thursday, 20 May 2010

    Place: Qualiti Training Room (0.88) and The Committee Rooms, School of Social Sciences, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT.

    More information and booking:

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  • Articles relevant to Haiti earthquake


    The Geological Society of London has made some papers relevant to the Haiti earthquake available free of charge until the end of March 2010.

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  • Department of Research and Innovation Seminar Programme – CHANGES TO SCHEDULE

    Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have a few changes to the scheduled seminar programme

    1. European Regional Development Funding and European Social Funding: this is now postponed until Thursday March 11th and will be held in the Department of Research and Innovation Seminar room on the 7th floor of the Faraday Tower.


    1. Swansea IP Group: We will be postponing the seminar on Swansea IP group, due to be held on March 4th until the Summer term


    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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  • [CROSSFIRE] Gmelin database updated to 2009/04

    The latest update of the Gmelin database, 2009/04, was made available on Tuesday 3rd February.

    Statistics for the new Gmelin database are as follows:

    Number of compounds: 2,739,112

    Number of reactions: 2,079,616

    Number of citations: 1,422,108

    There are no changes to the DST files from the previous version, 2009/03.

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  • Welsh Composites Centre Seminar

    You are warmly invited to our next Welsh Composites Centre seminar on

    Polyester, vinylester or epoxy: the great debate!
    on February 9th 2010 at 6:30pm

    in the Civil and Computational Lecture Theatre, School of Engineering.

    Paolo Dassi of SP – High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, will give a structural engineer’s view on the most widely used resin systems in the marine market. This will be followed by a tour of our composite testing facilities and there will be plenty of opportunities to network. Further details are given in the attached flyer.

    Registration for this event is free but places are limited so please register your interest in attending with Anke Skrobek on:
    Phone: 07934 509414

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